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calls the win disturbing and unbelievable. i would suspect, jaime, that the chinese have a far different view of this man the americans do. >> reporter: they do. they don't see the point. they think it's unjustified accusations or insignuationinsi. they say she has been swimming since she was 6, and has since been improving her time over the years. in fact, i talked with the editor of the "sports illustrated" china, and he told me that they have been tracking her career since at least two years ago. in fact, they put her on their cover two years ago when she won the asian games championship. last year she also landed at the top in the world aquatics championship. so they say that we should not be shocked or surprised, that she's done so well in the
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olympics. they also ask, why is it that when stars like michael phelps or some other swimming sensation two so well, it's fabulous news. but if a chinese do it, it's cheating. so they don't think it's fair, and they say that this is just sour grapes. >> well, the thing is that swimming experts here say this swimmer has never swam this fast before. and she broke a world record by, what, five seconds, which is a lot. so they're wondering how could this happen in the olympics at the last minute. is it really because she just has longer legs and bigger hands and just more talent and she just happened to do this in the olympics? >> reporter: she herself attributes her success to hard work and improved skills. especially, she said, in her starts and also her turns. also when she won, she was trailing by several meters in the last lap.
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and that in fact she won in her forte, which was freestyle swimming. also the chinese officials here are saying that the chinese athletes, including her, have undergone over 100 drug tests in london, and this is aside from the tests conducted by the separate sports federations. so they say no one up to now has tested positive. . carol? >> jaime, thank you. we did ask john leonard, the executive director of the world swimming coaches association to come on and clarify his comments. he refused saying that's all he's going to say on the matter. a swiss soccer player is kicked off his olympic team after what he posted on twitter. he wrote, quote, i am going to batter the koreans, burn them all, bunch of tresos. that is french slang for describing people with down's syndrome.
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that's him, number 17, in the photo. he has since apologized. he is the second olympic athlete to be kicked out of the games for offensive tweets. and nbc is again under controversy. just before american swimmer missy franklin swam for the gold a "today show" promo aired in primetime. >> when you're 17 years old and win your first gold medal, that's nobody you'd rather share it with. we're there when missy franklin and her parents reunite. a "today" exclusive live from london, tomorrow. >> well, that promo aired about six minutes before nbc aired missy franklin's gold medal-winning performance. it is the latest in a tape delay controversy that just keeps growing. what else can you do other than joke about it? >> the london olympics are finally underway. i tell you, there is nothing like the thrill of seeing team
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usa triumph in an internet headline, and then waiting to see it confirmed on nbc seven hours later. [ laughter ] >> i mean, the suspense. did the cameras capture what happened? did my cable go out? >> got the latest olympic update. you probably want this, right? >> yeah! >> and like the olympics, this show was taped 15 hours ago at a pool. don't tweet the results, ok? i was kind of ok. >> zain verjee is live in london with more. they were really funny, weren't they? >> yeah, they really are. the headline here is if you're watching the olympics in the u.s., just bury your head in the sand for the whole day or stick it in a jar of mayonnaise or something and only emerge when nbc shows us what happened for that day. look, the hash tag nbc fail was trending high. it's dropped a little bit right now. but a lot of people are mad and
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outraged at the situation, that they want to watch and live and they can't and they are getting all the information on social media as well as on twitter. and they can't just follow, you know, the races of missy franklin or michael phelps live, which is the whole excitement, right, carol? now, just one thing i wanted to point out, though, is the idea of tape delays is actually nothing new. but what is different is the world of social media that we live in. because everyone, the majority of people in the u.s., can access twitter and facebook and other sites. so you're just getting information a lot faster than ever before. so while nbc is being slammed, the ratings are still surprisingly high. so if they lose some sponsorships, people are mad, the athletes get frustrated, really overall it is a ratings win for them. nbc's olympics executive producer, though, carol, has been going on social media, on twitter, and just responding to a lot of really angry questions. >> well, even some of the athletes' families are speaking out about this. i understand ryan lochte's mom talked about the controversy too. >> yeah, she did.
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she said basically, when ryan lochte swims, they immediately get on the phone and call all their family back in the u.s. to let them know instantly what happened. take a listen to what else she had to say. >> about the controversy over nbc's coverage delaying screening these big races until primetime, has that affected you or your family back home? are they anxious to see it in real time on television? >> yes. but we call all our family and we tell them how he did immediately. so it's not a matter that they have to wait for it. >> i think they should do it twice. show it live and then show it in primetime. i'd watch it twice. >> i agree. >> you'd watch your son winning gold twice, wouldn't you? >> i would be there first. but you're right, you're right. and it should be for everybody because they want to see it. and if they want to stay up until 3:00 in the morning and do it, let them see it. >> exactly. if you really want to watch, you'll get up at 3:00 a.m., right, carol?
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you would do that. >> i'm up anyway. are you kidding? i would do it. thanks, zain verjee. zain verjee reporting live for us from london. it is exhausting on the campaign trail, especially if you're jet-lagged. whatever it was, mitt romney's press secretary snapped and cursed at journalists in poland as reporters shouted questions to a candidate who did not want to answer them. >> governor romney! >> can you discuss some of the mishaps on your trips? >> governor romney, do you have a statement for the palestinians? >> what about your gaffes? >> do you feel that your gaffes have overshadowed your foreign trip? >> this is a holy sight to the polish people. show some respect. show some respect, jim. >> we haven't had a chance to ask him some questions. >> [ bleep ]. this is a holy sight. >> in case you missed it, he said kiss my -- and then he said
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the "a" word. jim, this happened at the poland tomb of the unknown soldier. why the vitriol? >> reporter: well, and i should caution the viewers that did not exactly happen at the tomb of the unknown soldier here in warsaw. we waited until mitt romney moved a good 100 yards away from that monument to shout those questions to the gop contender. and, you know, this is sort of standard operating procedure for how campaigns go, carol. as you know, shouted questions happen back in the states and shouted questions can happen overseas. basically what happened today was mitt romney was going through a number of photo opportunities that his campaign laid out in poland before giving a speech here in warsaw. and at one point, we tried to ask him some questions about the gaffes that he's had on this trip. you'll recall in london, he questioned whether that city was ready for the olympics. there are some who say he had a
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gaffe in israel when he was heard at a fundraiser comparing israel and the palestinians and those economies and whether or not culture has something to do with the differences between those economies. and so i think the reporters just tried to ask him questions. he didn't answer those questions, but in sort of unprovoked fashion his presse a aide come over and started dressing us down pretty audibly as you heard. >> mitt romney has sat down with wolf blitzer and given an extensive interview. so tell our viewers where he is refusing to answer questions of reporters like you who are following his campaign. >> reporter: well, it wasn't just me. there are other reporters from "the washington times," "the washington post," "the new york times," politico. these were journalists who follow his campaign on a daily basis. his traveling press. and those reporters were not given very many opportunities to ask questions during this trip.
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he had a seven-day trip, carol, and every step along that way, he had his traveling press with him. and he only took three questions over the course of seven days in three countries. so that's really one question per country, if you, you know, sort of play it out in terms of an average there. and the last time he took questions from that traveling press was outside 10 downing street, and those questions were primarily about what he said about the olympics. so he hasn't given reporters much of a chance to ask him questions about how things are going. and, you know, let's face it. "the new york times" and "the washington post" and some of the "wall street journal," bloomberg, these are important news sites and publications, and those reporters deserve to have their questions asked as well. you make a very good point. others have made this point as well. the romney campaign made this point that mitt romney sat down with cnn. he sat down with fox and the other networks. but there are other reporters who would like to ask a question as well. they didn't get that chance on this trip, carol. >> and i will say that when candidates sit down with reporters, and i'm not just
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talking about mitt romney, i'm talking about barack obama too, they are prepared for the interviews. they know what they want to say. they have the talking points down. when you shout out questions, they have to give spontaneous answers. and both campaigns have been loathe to do that this time around. >> reporter: that's right. and we should mention this is a bipartisan affair. you know, the president has not had many news conferences since he's been in the white house. but, you know, presidents have different styles. and candidates have different styles of dealing with this, carol. i remember covering john mccain back in 2008. you know, bringing the reporters on the back of the straight talk express with senator mccain wolfing down chili dogs and taking questions from reporters. and you'll remember, carol, sam donaldson shouting questions at ronald reagan right in front of the white house and ronald reagan would hold his hand up to his ear and act as if he couldn't hear what he was asking. so there are different ways to handle questions like this from the press. they're going to happen. to have an event and expect the media not to ask you questions
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is sort of unrealistic. and to take a traveling press corps overseas for seven days and visit three countries and only put the candidate out for three questions, i think it's really just, you know, really no surprise that the press tried their best to get a question to him today. they tried. it didn't work out. and at the same time, i think it should also be noted that this press aide in what he said to us was really inexcusable. and he knows that. and that's why he called a couple of the reporters who were there today and apologized. so we're hoping to move on. these things happen. they happened out on the campaign trail. people get tired. they get testy. but you have to keep your cool at the same time. >> jim acosta reporting live to us from poland this morning. cheaper flights are coming. yes, it could happen by the end of august. find out how much you could save. ♪ [music plays] ♪ [music plays]
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finally, some great news about flying. buying a ticket will soon be a whole lot cheaper. alison kosik is live. so how cheap are we talking about? >> you know, first of all, i had to take a step back. cheaper airfares. when was the last time we heard about this? but these are pretty sizeable
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price drops, carol, depending on when you fly and where you're traveling to. farecompare is expecting prices to fall anywhere from 10% to 20%. we did some test searches this morning and we found out you can save a lot of money. say you take a round trip from newark to los angeles. it will cost you $533 if you travel between thursday through sunday. in mid august. but look at this. it drops almost $100 if you go in mid september instead. detroit to austin trip, that will save you $50 if you wait a few weeks. now some of these fares don't change at all from month to month. but in most cases what we found is there was at least a modest price decrease. very welcome news to a lot of people who need to fly this fall, especially since airfare prices had already gone up 8% over the past couple of years. >> very expensive. alison kosik live for us. 10 survivors of the colorado theater massacre still in the hospital this morning, three in critical condition. the accused gunman will be back
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in court in two weeks. james holmes has now been formally charged with 24 counts of first degree murder for the 12 victims killed in the july 20 rampage, and 116 counts of attempted murder for the 58 wounded. survivors and family members of victims watched as the charges came down in a show of solidarity. >> i think the guy is a coward. and seeing him just confirmed that, 100%. he looked defeated. d he knows that he's not the one with power anymore. that it's us. >> i got a sense that he was very aware of what was going on. i do not believe that he's insane. but of course i'm not a psychiatrist. >> the striking thing about these court proceedings is how many victims feel compelled to be in court so they can look holmes in the eye. cnn legal contributor paul cowan is here. welcome, paul. >> good morning. >> so the victims in this case.
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have you ever seen anything like it? >> what's unusual is the number of victims, a huge number of victims. and obviously it's going to be a packed courtroom with them. but frankly, every murder case i have ever been involved with eefs either as a defense attorney or prosecutor, the am haves watch the cases very, very closely. we notice it here because there are so many victims. but most american courtrooms, the only one watching is the family of the victim and the family of the defendant. >> is it more a show of strength than anything else, a way to show that these victims are powerful and not the accused holmes? how important is that feeling of power for these victims >> well, i think it's very important to the victims. and i think it gives them an opportunity to share their own grief and it gives them an opportunity to deal with the emotions that are just horrible and will haunt them for years to come. but i also think that it puts a certain amount of pressure on the court system to be open and fair and transparent in the way the case is handled. and i think one of the things that i'm disturbed about is the court refusing to allow cameras
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to cover the court. you've got a lot of victims in this case, a lot of victim family members, and the public at large. why aren't cameras being allowed in this courtroom? >> well, that's still being decided. there was a hearing yesterday. how likely is it that at least the media will have access to some records that the judge has put these prohibitions on? s he has also issued gag orders for the police and the university of colorado. >> the appellate courts are not very friendly to gag orders. and i think you'll see a very spirited appeal argued in this case about the public's right to know and the press' right to know. but if it's balanced of course against the right to a fair trial, which can be poisoned by adverse publicity. so the judge is in a tough spot here. but overall, we've got a long experience of press coverage of trials and cameras in the courtroom. and fair trials can be conducted even under heavy public scrutiny. >> before you go, i just want to
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touch on this notebook that was found at the university of colorado that was mailed supposedly by james holmes. how likely is it that we're going to get to see what's in that notebook? >> well, this is a fascinating question. you know, he was being treated by a psychiatrist at the university. and there was a package supposedly sent to the psychiatrist. can that be introduced into evidence? or is it protected by the medical privilege? you know, you speak to a psychiatrist, what you tell the psychiatrist is privileged. so that's a question that the judge will be looking at. there's an exception to the privilege rule, and that is if you tell a psychiatrist you're going to commit a future crime, you're going to hurt somebody in the future, the psychiatrist has an obligation to turn you in. so the privilege is waived. so there are going to be arguments about whether there's a waiver of the privilege. but in the end, i suspect we probably -- we may not see what's in this package if it's medical information. >> paul callan, thank you for
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being with us today. a record-smashing performance the olympics. but is there more to it? coming up, are those suspicions about this amazing super girl chinese swimmer, are they fair? it's our talk back question today. economy. but with three kids, being home more really helped. man: so we went to fidelity. we talked about where we were and what we could do. we changed our plan and did something about our economy. now we know where to go for help if things change again. call or come in today to take control of your personal economy. get free one-on-one help from america's retirement leader.
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now is your chance to talk back on one of your stories of the day. are suspicions surrounding the chinese swimmer fair? she was that good. and winning the gold medal in the 400 individual medry, chinese swimmer shiwen shiwen not only set a world record, she swam her last lap faster than the american man ryan lochte. some say the spectacular performance was too good to be true. the head of the world swimming association john leonard described it as unbelievable and hinted there may be more to it, as in performance enhancing drugs. olympic officials are concerned about the controversy. >> it partially ruins the charm of a competitive sport is a surprise win is surrounded by suspicions and question marks. >> those suspicions, they caused
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a backlash on social media in world record time with furious chinese fans saying that ye's fans are jealous and have a double standard. in 2008, nobody questioned michael phelps' super human performance. china is no stranger, though to doping issues. a lot of their swimmers tested positive in the 1990s. in june, a chinese swimmer tested positive for a growth hormone. ye says she's no cheat, that her success comes from diligence and hard work. she also has some high profile defenders. legendary swimmer mark spitz says unless ye fails a drug test, the record stands. even ryan lochte says, she might have beat me. so are the suspicions fair? facebook.com/carolcnn. i'll read your comments later this hour. at the age of 27, swimmer michael phelps says he will retire after the olympics.
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phelps says he will walk away from competitive swimming with his head held high. >> if i can look back at my career and say i've done everything that i have ever wanted, no matter how many medals, how many records, no matter how many this, that, whatever, if i can look back on my career and say that, it doesn't matter anything else. i can consider my career a success. >> wait until you hear what he plans to do when he hangs up his swimming trunks. i'm serious, we compare our direct rates side by side
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than yesterday. investors waiting on stimulus announcements by united states and european banks so the day is expected to be somewhat flat. opening statements get underway today in the trial of a former chicago area police officer accused of killing his third wife. investigators say drew peterson staged kathleen savi o's murder to look like an accident. he is also suspected in the disappearance of his fourth wife. south carolina governor nikki haley will soon be attending a military sendoff for her husband, michael. he's received orders to deploy to afghanistan with the state national guard in january. governor haley says it's an honor to watch michael serve his country. michael phelps will get a chance to redeem himself today. he will compete in the 200 meter butterfly. as you know, he failed in the 400 meter, but the 200 meter butterfly is phelps 'signature event. so who knows? he could make history again. as for fame, as he told piers morgan, that's a lot tougher. >> i'll be the first one to admit i've made a lot of
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mistakes in my life. and, you know, but i thinking about able to have the opportunity of being a celebrity, you know, it helps me achieve some of the things that i want to do with the goal to raise the bar in the sport of swimming. you know, i think, one, people should learn how to swim more just for safety. but, two, also try to get them involved in our sport. and we have seen a significant change over the last, you know, 10 years. but in my eyes it can change so much more. >> in just two weeks, phelps will take on a new role, one of a retired 27-year-old, with possibly more olympic medals than anyone in history. >> i'm retiring, and i won't be coming back. >> that will be it? >> yes. >> and will you literally give up all competitive swimming do you think? >> competitive swimming, yeah. >> that will be it?
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>> yeah. >> would you still swim a lot for fun? >> i'm probably going to need to do something for exercise. >> is swimming still fun for you? >> yes. >> can you imagine just doing laps for no reason? >> i think one of the biggest things after i do retire is now when i go to the ocean or go to the beach, i don't want to get in the water. i spend so much time in the water, i'm like, no. i'll just sit here on the beach and you guys go have fun. or i'll sit by the pool. if i can look back at my career and say i've done everything i've ever wanted, no matter how many medals, no matter how many records, no matter how many this, that, whatever, if i can look back at my career and say that, it doesn't matter anything else. i can consider my career a success. >> how safe are this year's games? piers gets a rare look at security tonight at 9:00 eastern on cnn. brett michaels. apparently every rose does have its thorn, and it's in his own love life. aj has the scoop on why he and
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>> here's johnny! >> oh, man, that scared me. the studio warner brothers is exploring a possible prequel to "the shining." "showbiz tonight" host aj hammer is joining us. i'm excited about this. >> yeah, i'm pretty excited about it too, carol. of course it was the movie that gave us one of jack nicholson's most memorable all-time onscreen moments, and we could be on for a return to the hotel. the studio is kicking the tires on a possible sequel to the 1980 thriller that many regard as the scariest movie of all time. now i should caution you before we get too excited, the studio which like cnn is owned by time warner strongly cautions that they are just exploring the idea, and a film is nowhere near being in development right now. however, there have been discussions. they have enlisted a producing team to work on the idea. so that certainly is enough to get film fans riled up. and according to "the los
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43 minutes past the hour. checking our top stories now, on last day of mitt romney's overseas trips, one of his aides
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loses his cool. as reporters fire off questions to the presidential candidate in poland, romney's traveling press secretary cursed at them. he has since apologized. back here at home, a beach goer in massachusetts is recovering from an apparent shark attack. witnesses say they saw a fin and then the victim go underwater. he was only about 25 yards from shore. he suffered bites to both legs but is expected to be ok. in money news, you might get a break on airfares. they are expected to start dropping in late august by as much as 20%. the ceo of farecompare, who is making the prediction, says the price drop coincides with the slow fall travel season. in sports, a chicago cubs fan thought he had the perfect plan to propose to his girlfriend. he had a scoreboard, see it, play his proposal during the middle of the fifth inning. only problem, his girlfriend ran to get something to drink. and she missed it. so he did the next best thing. he asked her in person, you
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know, face-to-face. mano-a-mano, and she said yes. poor guy, though. in weather news, phoenix, arizona, still cleaning up after recent heavy rains and flash flooding. while some areas have seen a lot of rain, forecasters say the monsoon rainfall is below average for the year. new worries today about the drought's crippling effects on the nation's top corn producer. the usda reports 46% of iowa's corn crop is in poor or very poor condition. and while the final damages won't be known until harvest, consumers across the country should be prepared for higher food prices. christine romans has returned to her native iowa to talk with farmers. what did they tell you, christine? >> reporter: they are all talking about this is as bad as '88 or '56. all 99 counties in iowa have been declared a disaster area.
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yesterday i spent some time talking to a farmer, joe, talking about what he sees in his field and how you're going to feel it. listen. >> this is just total devastation up here. it's just nothing. there isn't anything in this. this is just junk. how does this affect the consumer? well, i would expect that we would have higher meat prices. higher grain prices will make that happen. and bread prices probably will be higher. so when it's 100 degrees, i mean, that just pretty much fries all this stuff. >> it's fried. >> it's pretty looking, isn't it? we love growing crops. we love to do what we do. but this year, we're just going to fail at it because mother nature wasn't doing her part. >> carol, it won't be 100 degrees today. it will be maybe 95 degrees, and the leaves of the corn just fold
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up to try to protect themselves. and that ear of the corn almost all across the state is just not growing like it should. in some cases as you saw in joe's field, it's a compete bust. that means what they thought was going to be a great crop this year of corn is not going to be so great. we won't know for sure until they get in the combines this fall, maybe in six weeks, and start to harvest and see what they have got in there. but it means pressure on food prices. it means higher food prices. the government already saying, carol, next year your $100 grocery bill be more likely be $104 or $105 because of what's happening around here. >> christine romans, thanks. and i hope you got to visit your mom and dad too. >> reporter: that's later. >> i knew it. thanks, christine. we asked you to talk back on one of the stories of the day. the question for you this morning, are the suspicions surrounding that amazing chinese swimmer fair? your responses, next.
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chief medical corporate dr. sanjay gupta takes a look at a few of the new innovations. >> tyler mcgill has an excellent chance of beating michael phelps in the 100 meter butterfly. but his underwater kick has to improve for this to happen. >> this is me here. and as you can see, i'm in the air. and michael, along with everybody else, is still on the block.
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and so my reaction is ahead of everybody else's at this point. and i have a lead. you'll notice that everyone has caught up by the time we reach the 15 meter mark. >> the breakout portion of his race, as compared to michael, who is coming out at a little bit faster time, move over here to the 15 meter mark, the 35 meter mark. he is at 11.3, 11.2. michael is at 10.9. so .3 of a difference doesn't sound like a lot, but in swimming it's a lot of time. >> bmw has adopted its expertise in designing cars and applying to swimming. >> it's become one of the most important parts of swimming. it's faster than on top of the water. but you really don't know why they go so fast or why you go faster than them. so this technology, adding numbers, adding equations to this, will help us evolve as
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swimmers. >> ricky berens is experimenting with this new technology. by marking six points where the body bends on the swimmer, the wrist, the shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, and toe. the software connects the dots. >> we have the kick frequency. we have the kick depth. we have the kick rate. >> the more fabric you can put on, the faster it will be. the whole idea is to keep the body as uniform as possible. >> it turns out smooth does not
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equal fast. it shaves off two or three seconds. this is not just a difference between first and second place. this is the difference of being on a podium or not. this is the sprint for the 100 meter. extremely lightweight. extremely supportive. independent, loose cables that gives you a perfect fit. >> for marathoners, shoes have to be even lighter. have to be even lighter. >> it's only 160 grams, can save yourself 19% which is how much lighter the shoe is compared to our favorite marathon shoe. so at the end of the race you would have saved yourself the weight of a car. >> for basketball players the weight of their shorts can impact their game. and their shoes can track their performance. just some of the ways technology is shaping the london olympics. >> 33, that's awesome. >> 9 technology just keeps getting better. the longer, the more material
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against the skin the better. you have to wear gloves to put this on because you could literally rip through this. it's pretty delicate. >> you can rip it with your fingernail. >> they give you these gloves to put it on. >> it feels kind of rubbery maybe but really thin. >> right, very thin. and this is part of the new technology. also the caps, we talked about those briefly, women will wear two caps, one compresses the hair, another comes across the back so you don't have a profile there and you get a tear drop shape and the goggles i thought he were neat. you're not a swimmer. but you have two seals, an inner and outer seal. the water fills in the outer seal and it gives you more of a push and more of an aerodynamic feel. >> and it's flat on the front, too, right? >> yeah. this is just an example how much of a difference it makes. you heard 0.023 seconds in some of these cases but that's a big difference. >> you wonder if it's really technology or part of it is psychological. if you think you're wearing something like this to make you
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go faster, does it? >> you might be right. i think obviously everyone is doing it as well so that sort of levels the playing field. >> fascinating. thank you, sanjay. >> you got it. your responses to our talk back question of the day. are the suspicions surrounding the chinese swimmer fair? that's so had how someone's performance is questioned because it was amazing. she's just an amazing swimmer. from this lori, if they have concerns, then test her. if it was a fair win and she put in the performance of her life, i hope they give her the kudos she deserves. from louie, the allegations are fair taking china's history with doping. no one questioned phelps because the man is six foot something and a physical specimen. from kyle, i don't think it's fair to keep calling foul on this until the drug results come back. if phelps or lochte had done this it would have been an amazing feat of athleticism. from lori, comparing her performance to a man as evidence she cheated is silly. i'm a professional athlete that
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good morning to you. thank you for joining us. i'm carol costello. happening now in the "newsroom," losing his cool. an aide for mitt romney has a meltdown, starts cursing at reporters shouting out questions to mitt romney. our jim acosta on the trail this morning. he was right in the middle of that. he'll tell us why this happened. nbc faspoils it's own covere and promotes an interview with missy franklin before she even jumped into the pool. shark attack, cape cod on alert this morning. a man bitten on both legs just
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75 feet offshore. beach onlookers say they saw a very large black dorsal fin breaking the surface. plus this -- >> i'm alison kosik at the new york stock exchange. how customers feel about chik-fil-a has fallen to an all-time low in some parts of the country. i'll tell you where coming up. cnn "newsroom" begins right now. and we start in london. nbc is mired again in controversy for its tape delay broadcast of the olympics just before american swimmer missy franklin swam for the gold. a "today" show promo aired in prime time. >> when you're 17 years old and win your first gold medal, there's nobody you'd rather share it with. we're there when missy franklin and her parents reunite. a "today" exclusive live from london tomorrow. >> yes, that promo aired about
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six minutes before nbc aired missy franklin's gold medal winning performance. it is the latest in a tape delay controversy that just keeps growing. we do want to point out nbc is streaming all of the events live on the web so you can catch it there if you want to see it, you know, as it happens. but a lot of us apparently do not. zain verjee is live in london to tell us more. good morning, zain. >> reporter: good morning there to you, carol. a lot of people if they want to watch it and not know what the results are for hours maybe just don't look at twitter, don't go to facebook, just stay away from social media so that you don't get the results. carol, that's the big difference between this olympics and the last one. there's so much more access to social media so you're able to get information a lot faster. but still people are outraged. people are mad. they want to be able to watch it live because there is something exciting in being able to watch it live on television. still, if you want to, you can go online and nbc has a pretty good and extensive website you can stream it and watch it live
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online, but #nbcfail has been trending. it's gone down in the past few hours but people in the country are frustrated that they're not able to watch missy franklin and michael phelps on their nice big tvs and just watch it live and they just have to wait during prime time. nbc though still having pretty good ratings, carol, in spite of all this controversy and the ep for the olympics for nbc has been going on twitter to answer everyone's kind of annoyed questions, why aren't we able to watch this. >> it's another reason to complain and we love it. >> even the athletes families are speaking out about this. >> reporter: yeah. ryan lochte's mom was actually talking to piers morgan on monday night and listen to what she had to say because she had a clear opinion on this. >> about this controversy over nbc's coverage delaying, screening these big races until prime time. has that affected you or your
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family back home? are they anxious to see it in realtime on television? >> yes, but we call all our family and we tell them how they did immediately. so it's not a matter that they have to wait for it. >> i think a sport has to be live, otherwise do you it twice. show it live and then show it in prime time. >> i agree. i agree. >> you would watch your son winning gold twice wouldn't you? >> you're right, you're right. it should be for everybody because they want to see it, and if they want to stay up until 3:00 in the morning and do it, then let them see it. >> so, carol, you can go online on nbc and watch it streamed live or i have a better solution. just come to london. >> that's the best part of all, except sadly a lot of us cannot do that. zain verjee reporting live. the chis swimmer, they call her super girl, she's denying accusations she cheated in her record-breaking 400 meter swim.
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ye shiwen took home the gold. during the final 50 meters she actually swam faster than american swimmer ryan lochte. john leonard, who is the executive director of the world swimming coaches, calls her victory disturbing and unbelievable. he says she, quote -- ye says, quote, there is absolutely no problem with doping. the chinese team has always had a firm policy about doping. she did not cheat, she says, she won. michael phelps could make olympic history in london. he could medal twice. if he does, he'll become the most decorated athlete ever. yesterday belonged to missy franklin. the colorado teenager won her first gold medal in the women's 100 meter backstroke. the possibility of an olympic medal comes to a crashing halt for the u.s. men's gymnastics team. they dropped from first in the preliminary round to fifth out of medal contention. china takes gold.
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a south korean fencer cries on the mat following her loss. she was defeated in the final second and it took the judges a while to figure out the exact result. day four begins with the united states tied with china in the total medal count. both countries have 17 medals. china has 9 gold. the united states has 5. japan has 11 total medals followed by italy, france, and south korea. a beachgoer in massachusetts is recovering from an apparent shark attack. he was swimming close to shore when suddenly he started going under the water. reporter susan tran with our affiliate whdh talked to witnesses who saw him go under. >> we could hear the younger son apparently shouting help, help, help us, help me, help me. >> reporter: a man's legs bandaged off. a squad carries him off the beach. >> between the two swimmers we saw a fin come up and something
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came through the water. it was very large fin, easily 15 inches high, and came across and torqued a little toward the second swimmer and within seconds we realized it was a shark and the swimmer had been attacked. >> reporter: a beach full of visitors that witnesses say included a doctor, a nurse jumped into action. >> it was very apparent he was bleeding profusely from his feet and ankles. >> reporter: it happened just after 3:30 monday afternoon. witnesses on the beach say the man and his son were swimming and body surfing when they saw a distinction dorsal fin. >> it was like two people and then this large, dark blue black thing came up and kind of torqued around and you saw this big dorsal fin and it like went back down. >> reporter: there have been concerns about sharks all summer. earlier this month a kayaker had a close call with a shark and since june there were several shark sightings around seals near chatham. officials have now called in experts to figure out if
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monday's attack was a shark, but witnesses at the beach say after what they saw, they're already convinced. >> it was shocking. it was scary. >> i bet. i'm joined now by mary ann brag, a reporter with the cape cod times. thanks for joining us. >> yul cyou're welcome. >> first of all, how is the victim doing this morning? >> well, we've had a couple developments. we've actually identified the victim. his name is christopher myers. he is at mass general hospital in boston. he was transferred last night. we don't know what his status is this morning, but he was in stable condition last night at cape cod hospital prior to being transferred. >> and have doctors discerned that these were, indeed, shark bites on his legs? >> well, you know, we don't have that kind of information yet, although a shark expert with the state division of marine fisheries, he's very interested
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in seeing exactly what the wounds look like so that he might be able to identify what kind of animal actually bit mr. myers. >> what other kind of animal or fish could injure him in that way in the water? >> well, you know, that's a great question. but people there on the beach were saying they thought it was a whale or some other kind of marine mammal, and the fire chief here said that he had actually -- they have never responded to any kind of fish or marine mammal bite along the ocean. so it's really -- it's going to be hard to tell. i'll be anxious to hear what the expert has to say. >> how did he get away? >> well, you know, they said -- the people who were at the beach said they kind of saw the dorsal fin come up, they saw the two people. it didn't appear like it was something that they were distressed about. then they began to swim immediately to the beach.
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so it seemed like they swam away, but at the same time this fire chief said that the man i guess in the ambulance had said he had to kick the animal away. so kind of leaves a bit to the imagination about how scary it actually was. >> i can't even imagine. so why have there been so many shark sightings off of cape cod? >> well, good question. but, i mine, there's definitely been an abundance of seals which i am not an expert about that at all but that seems to draw the great white sharks and sharks in general. so they follow their food. >> interesting. well, thank you so much for filling us in and updating us. we appreciate it. mary ann bragg reporting for us this morning. thank you so much, from "the cape cod times." a social firestorm erupts after chik-fil-a's president comes out and opposing same-sex marriage. now the company is fielding backlash with tanking approval ratings.
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alison kosik is live at the new york stock exchange. so tell us about this. >> okay, carol. so this is actually a survey done by a group called ugov. the perception of chik-fil-a is hurting the most in states in the northeast and in the south. so they are essentially a marketing research firm that takes the pulse of consumers on how they feel about certain brands. so look at this. according to them chik-fil-a had a pretty good positive perception compared to other fast food chains but look at the rating. it tanked after the comments. ugov talked to adults who had eaten fast food at the restaurant recently. the midwest was the only place the perception temporarily climbed. we have a call in to find out why that may be. we called chik-fil-achik-fil-a, gotten a response. this is a very, very polarizing
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issue. mike huckabee starting a face book event for chik-fil-a appreciation day tomorrow. he says it's not a demonstration but instead to show support for the company, and get this, more than half a million people have already signed up for that. carol? >> alison kosik reporting live from the new york stock exchange. still ahead, losing his cool. >> show some respect. >> a meltdown by mitt romney's spokts spokesperson. he curses at reporters for shouting out questions. we'll put this in context for you next. ♪ ( whirring and crackling sounds )
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we are -- >> penn state! >> penn state they're chanting. hundreds of fans gather this morning to cheer on penn state's football team before its first preseason practice with ncaa sanctions keeping the team from a bowl appearance. some players are considering transferring. the biggest name, running back silas red. he's being courted by southern cal. red did not show up at today's workout. in money news, apple fans are excited about the new iphone rumors. multiple sites are reporting about a new iphone in september. it will reportedly have a complete design overhaul. in weather news, nasty storms possible across much of the southeast, damaging winds and hail possible. we may see some flash flooding. areas that could be hit hardest, alabama, georgia, and northern florida. more now on mitt romney's press secretary who snapped in poland telling reporters to kiss
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his, you know, the expletives flew after reporters refused to stop shouting questions to governor romney. >> governor romney! >> some of the mishaps on your trip. >> governor romney, do you have a statement for the palestinians? >> what about your dad? >> governor romney, do you feel that your gaffes have overshadows your foreign trip? >> show some respect. >> governor -- >> show some respect. >> we haven't had another chance to ask him questions. >> kiss my [ bleep ]. this is a holy site for the polish people. show some respect. jim acosta is with us on the phone. he was in the middle of that. put this into context for us. >> reporter: sure. mitt romney has been carrying out a series of photo opportunities here in poland that started in gdansk. he visited a world war ii monument in that city and came to poland, warsaw, today and
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visited this country's tomb of the unknown soldier, and i have to tell you, throughout this trip he has not offered his traveling press corps many opportunities to ask him questions about what his campaign has billed as a very important journey for the gop contender. so this was really the final opportunity for those reporters to get a question to him, and so all of us waited until he moved a very safe distance away from that tomb of the unknown soldier site, about 100 yards, and tried to shout some questions to him. he didn't answer those questions, and then sort of out of nowhere his traveling press secretary rick gorka came over to us and expressed his frustrations. obviously he expressed those protrations in ways he would probably laike to take back. he called and apologized. >> it's sort of traditiona for reporters to shout out questions. why do you snap? do you have an embattled relationship, you know, on board
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the plane or however you travel along with mitt romney? >> reporter: i don't think so. you know, i think that the romney campaign has for the most part kept the press at a pretty safe distance for a while now. i mean, this is not a candidate who does a lot of news conferences. in fairness to him, the president also doesn't do a lot of news conferences. this is just sort of the way politics is done these days. the president will do sit-down interviews from time to time and so will mitt romney and do his credit, carol, romney did sit down for a number of interviews on this trip, for days he was sitting down with reporters from various networks including wolf blitzer from cnn and piers morgan in london. he talked to piers about the olympics there. and so it's not like mitt romney hasn't been taking questions, but, carol, at the same time there are reporters covering his trip from "the washington post," "the new york times," bloomberg, "the wall street journal," and
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the list goes on and on. those reporters have not had opportunities to ask him any questions. the wire services, for example, the associated press, reuters, and so on. he only took three questions in this week-long trip, carol, and those questions came outside of 10 downing street, the prime minister's residence in london, and those questions were basically about when mitt romney questioned whether london was ready to put on the olympics. and so i think there were probably some frustrations among reporters but there were also frustrations among members of the romney staff with the way this trip was being covered. they fement tlt the coverage wa basically about the perceived gaffes he had on this trip and not enough about the substance they had laid out over the last seven days. >> jim acosta -- this is a picture of the traveling press secretary aboard the plane. tell us a little bit about him, jim. he's a traveling press secretary. is he romney's permanent guy?
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>> reporter: basically the romney campaign has a communications director in boston. they have a national press secretary in boston. that national press secretary, andrea sol, you have seen her name before, she was also on the trip. she did not have many interactions with the reporters on this trip. i think she only spoke to the group of us who covered mitt romney maybe once and i believe that was this morning. rick gorka is the traveling press secretary. he's almost on all of romney's trip. so from time to time he probably has a little jet lag. he probably gets a bit fatigued, but he is a jocular guy. he likes to give and take with reporters, and he is generally a nice guy to be around. i think this was just one of those cases where perhaps some frustrations on the part of the campaign had boiled over and he lost his cool briefly, and to his credit he did apologize to reporters. >> jim acosta, live from poland this morning. a record smashing performance at the olympics, but is there more to it? coming up, suspicions
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now is your chance to talk back on one of the stories of the day. the question for you today, are the suspicions surrounding the chinese swimmer fair? she was that good. in winning the gold medal in the 400 individual medley, ye shiwen not only set a world record, she swam her last lap faster than ryan lochte. some say the spectacular performance was too good to be true. the head of the world swimming association, john leonard, described her swim as, quote, unbelievable, and hinted there may be more to it like, you know, performance-enhancing drugs. >> if a surprise win is surrounded by suspicions and question marks. >> those suspicions provoked a backlash on social media in world record time with furious chinese fans saying ye's critics are just jealous and have a
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double standard. after all, in 2008 nobody questioned michael phelps' superhuman performance. china was no stranger to doping issues. a bunch of their swimmers tested positive in the '90s. these days drug test something carried out randomly and regularly. in june a chinese swimmer tested positive for growth hormone. ye says she's no cheat, that her success comes from diligence and hard work. she also has some high profile defenders. mark spitz says unless she fails a drug test, her record stands. even ryan lochted a mits she might have beat me. the talk back question, are the suspicions surrounding the chinese swimmer fair? facebook.com/carolcnn. your responses later this hour. ♪ [music plays] ♪ [music plays]
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today in the trial of a former chicago area police officer accused of killing his third wife. investigators say drew peterson staged kathleen savio's murder to look like an accident. he's also suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife. ind na suffers its second crippling power outages in as many days and it's impacting more than half the country or 600 million people. many are trapped in trains. the outage is caused by a power grid collapse and is india's worst blackout in a decade. south carolina nevada nikki haley's husband is deploying in january. she made the announcement saying as a military family it comes with the territory. >> we are like every other military family across this country, and when your family gets the call, you have to respond and so michael has gotten the call, and he will be deployed. he has started his orders today. he will be going through training and everything else through the end of the year and will be deployed for a year in
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january, and the kids and i couldn't be more proud of him. >> first lieutenant michael haley says this deployment is the reason he joined the national guard. call it a big fail for nbc. this "today" show promo ran during their prime time coverage of the olympics last night. the problem, it gives away missy franklin's gold medal performance six minutes before nbc actually aired the swimming event. the colorado teenager won her first gold medal in the 100 meter backstroke monday. we should point out nbc does stream all events live online, but, of course, many of us would rather see it on our big screen tvs and kind of be surprised. funny how that is. >> i think she wins this race. honey, i believe she did. >> that promo just said so. carlos diaz is here and you will talk about the men's gymnastics
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team. they were supposed to be the best in years and they failed. >> it's like in the movie "rocky 3." remember when rocky came out at the beginning of the movie, he was all confident and full of life and he was doing great and then he meets up with mr. t and he gets beat down? it's exactly what happened to this gymnastics team. they came out on saturday in the prelims and they finished in first place. they were full of confidence. and then last night one of them fell off the pom 'em horse. and then you have another guy landing on his butt right there. that's john orozco. he was almost in tears after that. you had a bunch of young guys brimming with confidence but they didn't know what to expect heading into the big competition last night. and their youth and inexperience hurt them because they'd never been under that kind of pressure or scrutiny before and it showed. they finished in fifth place last night. well out of medal contention. they were out of it early in the evening, and just like in "rocky
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3," this story is not yet done because, you know, at the end rocky comes back and he beats mr. t. that's 2016 for these guys, and their youth hurt them last night, but their youth now becomes their biggest ally because these guys are all 19 and 20 years old. the oldest guy on the team is 26. they all plan to come back and be in rio de janeiro in 2016 so that could be the final chapter to this story where they had a disappointing olympics and come back and redeem themselves in 2016. you. >> mentioned john, the guy who fell on his butt. jason carroll interviewed him and asked him if he was nervous about the olympic games. he said i have absolutely no nerves at all, none, zero, zilch. before he went to london. but still -- >> you can say -- mike tyson used to say everyone has a plan until you get punched in the face. you can say anything you want before you step onto the mat. when you get there -- actually
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it was orozco who said he didn't know what the air would smell like, and it smells like chalk dust. the main thing is the pressure, you don't know about it and you have to have that fire. saturday they were loose and feeling good. it was the prelims. they did great. last night the pressure got to them. >> yeah. and you said overconfidence. maybe that was a problem. maybe their coaches should have prepared them better, you know, mentally. physically they were prepared but not up here. >> i got to tell you, it used to be olympic fever was a good thing, but these days with the swimmers failing and the gymnasts failing, olympic fever just leaves you all hot and sweaty and you don't want to go out to the house. >> i hope we get better because we want to beat china. thank you so much. the drought is drying up water supplies for the nation's nuclear plants. some may need to cut back or even shut down, and that could affect your power source. jishtion ecord skips ] hi, i'm new ensure clear. clear, huh? my nutritional standards are high.
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you know, the drought is ruining many crops and will likely many higher food prices for all of us but the nations nuclear plants are also impacted. the lack of water could lead to plants cutting back or even shutting down, cutting off power to your house. cnn's sandra endo is looking at all the scenarios. so, sandra, these plants need a lot of water, right? >> reporter: that's right, carol, and it's not the most immediate thing you think about when you consider the affects of extreme heat and a widespread drought, but nuclear power plants depend on a significant supply of reliable water to cool reactors. we're talking about up to a billion gallons a day in some da cases for a large plant. because of the severe weather there have been several instances where power plants in the midwest and northeast needed to reduce power because of the strain on its systems and some plants have asked for waivers to discharge water from their plants at higher temperatures. now, that poses an environmental
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threat to freshwater wildlife. here is how it works. if nuclear power plants do not have enough water for cooling systems, they may need to cut back on production. if the incoming water into the plant is too warm from freshwater sources, power plants may have to reduce electricity production if the water is more difficult to cool. and if the outgoing water emitted back into rivers and lakes is too farm it could harm wildlife like fish and turtle. >> the yes is if power plants are getting the water they need and there is not enough water in general, so who else is losing out? what does that mean for how much water farmers are getting? what does that mean for what kind of cuts we're going to be asking for from our cityings ie towns? >> the nuclear regulatory commission says despite the drought, plants continue to operate safely and what they're seeing now is consistent to what they've seen in the past during heat waves.
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free streaming quotes, all your investments, positions, and even your trade ticket are all on one customizable page. see the 360 investing dashboard at e-trade. 42 minutes past the hour. checking our top stories. a spring of bomb threats at 11 walmart stores in the midwest may be related. police reportedly investigating whether the telephone calls came from the same phone.
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eight stores in missouri and three in kansas received threats last week. no devices were found. mitt romney's press secretary snaps telling reporters to kiss his you know what. the expletives flew after reporters refused to stop shouting questions to governor romney who was in poland to burnish his foreign policy credentials. >> governor romney! >> some of the mishaps on your trip. >> governor romney, do you have a statement for the palestinians? >> what about your dad? >> governor romney, do you feel that your gaffes have overshadowed your foreign trip? >> show some respect. show some respect, jim. kiss my [ bleep ]. this is a holy sight for the polish people. show some respect. >> the press secretary later apologized to reporters, though romney has had sit-down interview was cnn and other news organizations on this trip, he is taken no spontaneous questions from his traveling press corps since london. a rallying cry for unity
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today in the fallout over a racial wedding incident in mississippi. charles and tiandra wilson's wedding at the first baptist church in crystal springs had to be rescheduled because some parishioners did not want the black couple to be wed there. tonight the mayor of crystal springs will hold a unity rally. you might get a break on airline ticket prices. the ceo of fare compare predicts air fairs will drop in late august by as much as 20%. says it coincides with the slow fall travel season. in weather news, phoenix, arizona, still cleaning up after recent heavy rains and flash flooding. while some areas have seen a lot of rain, forecasters say rainfall is below average for the year. a chicago cubs fan had the perfect wedding proposal planned at wrigley field. he had erica, will you marry me flashed on the jumbotron but there was a problem. erica left to go get some beverages and she missed the
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entire thing. at least he had beer. finally, the would-be groom went to plan "b." he got down on one knee and did it the old fashioned way, and guess what? she said yes. tmz says sheryl crow may have a delusional fan on her hands. the fan claims sheryl crow stole money from him. sheryl crow says he's crazy. a.j. hammer joins us now with more. good morning. >> good morning, carol. pretty scary situation for sheryl crow. "the huffington post" is reporting a judge in los angeles has granted a temporary retraining order against a man she accuses of threatening to shoot her. according to the report it's phillip gordon sparks and he will be required to stay 100 yards away from the singer and not attempt to contact her, her family, or anyone working with her. tmz reported crow feared for her life and was seeking a court order and in documents obtained by the website, crow said she's scared of sparks because of
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angry online tirades she calls delusional where he claims she had stolen money from him and broken into her house -- or broken into his house trying to steal his gun as well. he also allegedly told an employee at the screen actors guild offices in los angeles that he was just going to shoot her and film executive harvey weinstein. a hearing on a protective order scheduled for august 14th. i have known sheryl crow for a very long time. she's adept at navigating all that comes with fame but this is a whole different thing, and i'm just happy to see she's getting things in order in order to stay protected here. >> that's really scary. let's talk about something happy. kate hudson on "glee." >> she first revealed her singing and dancing skills three years ago in "nine." now she's warming up her pipes for a guest role on "glee." a picture was posted from the set of kate hugging lea michele.
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it was announced she was appear on as many of six episodes of the series. "glee's" fourth season premieres september 14th. i am not looking forward to september but i'm looking forward to the new season of "glee." >> thank you. want information on everything breaking in the entertainment world, a.j. has it tonight on "showbiz tonight" 11:00 eastern on hln. here is something you don't usually see. first lady getting touchy-feely, something only our jeanne moos can explain. not at all. that's great. melons!!! oh yeah!! well that was uncalled for. uhh... mr. gallagher. incoming!!! hahaha! it's wasteful. you know jimmy. folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to geico sure are happy. how happy, ronny? happier than gallagher at a farmers' market. get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more.
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if you live out of a suitcase for work or if it's summer vacation time for you, squeezing in a workout can be the last thing on your mind, but it shouldn't. trainer for tv's "biggest loser" says all you need is 30 minutes. that's today's "daily dose." i thought i was kind of fit until i'm looking at you and i'm
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not really that fit. that's amazing. >> thank you. >> okay, let's talk about balance because i know you travel a lot, as do i. and it's stressful. how do you fit a workout in there that relieves stress, too? >> i know a lot of people who are traveling and you have to squeeze it in. >> how long are we talking about? >> i can get something in for 30 minutes but i move consistently as if i'm working for 60. >> when i finally make it to the gym, within that half-hour period, what should i do? >> i'm a huge fan of the stairmaster because you're working your core, as well as your legs and you're building your heart rate and you're sweating a lot. maximize that time. give me five minutes of cardio, ten minutes on the floor, five minutes of cardio and ten minutes on the floor. mix it up, it's the best thing to do. >> that man was fit.
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there is no fat on his body, he is amazing. michelle obama gets up close and personal with several athletes in london who probably also don't have any fat on their bodies. here's cnn's jeanne moos. >> reporter: if there were an olympic medal for hugging, first lady michelle obama would take it. she hugged every member of the u.s. men's basketball team, they lined up. but even more impressive. the gold medal for lifting a first lady goes to this american wrestler. what is the weirdest thing you have ever lifted outside of the first lady? lifting the 5'11" first lady was a first. >> i was like can i pick you up? and she was like okay, kind of nervous. >> reporter: elena said she wanted to make the moment a little more special. the white house showcased its own version of photo of the day. >> i think that's weird.
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>> reporter: what's so weird? >> picking up the first lady. >> reporter: in 2010, elena came in second wrestling at the world championships. there's a name for this move. >> front body carry. >> reporter: you front body carried the first lady. some websites called it undignified. >> i think she's just having fun, it's the olympics. >> i think it's awesome that michelle obama is the weight that she can be lifted. >> reporter: at 59'12" i had trouble getting a lift. >> i'm going to the chiropractor right now. >> reporter: would you, could you? >> finally, someone could and would. like a feather, huh? not since nancy reagan sat on mr. t.'s lap when he played santa have we seen a first lady in such an unusual position. not since mr. bush, have we seen
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such informality. oh, my back after lifting the first lady. did she present any problem for you to pick up? >> no, you know, after i picked her up and i sat her back down, i am heavier, i am like, no, i'm stronger than i look. she is scheduled to wrestle on august 8th, until then, she expect to be kidded. >> who are you going to pick up next? the queen of england? >> reporter: genjeanne moos, cn- >> you're picking up the first lady. >> new york. >> yes, she was. your chance to talk back on one of the stories of the day. the question on the suspicions surrounding the chinese swimmer, are the suspicions surrounding her fair? your responses, next. throughout our lives. one a day women's 50+ is a complete multivitamin
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the olympic tape delay debate is proving to be fuel for some late-night tv comedians. >> the london olympics are finally under way, i tell you, there is nothing like the thrill of seeing team usa triumph in an internet headline and then waiting to see it confirmed on nbc seven hours later. i mean, the suspense. did the cameras capture what happened? did my cable go out? >> everybody got the latest olympic update. you probably want this, right? and like the olympics, this show was taped 15 hours ago at a pool. don't tweet the results, okay. i was kind of okay.
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>> so, the debate rages on, but nothing's going to change. we ask you to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. the talk back question today, here it comes. are the suspicions surrounding the chinese swimmer fair. this from will. gender and race bias still dominate the world. if a young, white man set that record, nothing would be said. this from sandy, it's a shame that our collective first thoughts are that someone cheated because they beat an american man. as a female athlete, i'm offended. i play with and beat men all the time. this from diana, something's stinks in london and it ain't the fish and chips. please, keep the -- that was a clever one, wasn't it, kyra? >> i like the woman who beats the man all the time. that's the one i'm sticking with. >> thank you for joining us this hour, kyra phillips is up next.
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it's 11:00 on the east coast and 8:00 on the wesh. the biggest faceoff of the london games. real-time versus taped delay. viewers are spoiling for a fight. sound and fury in warsaw reporters provide the sound. mitt romney press aides have the rest. may not know exactly what you want for your birthday, but amazon does. this hour, how the powerhouse online retailer gets inside your head. well, disappointment and heartbreak supome of our own, b that won't stop some athletes from bringing home the gold and plenty of chances today. for the women it starts with soccer and then hit the mats for gymnast gymnastics. for the guys, nothing but net
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and swish. then swimmer michael phelps already a world record holder, but today this is a race like no other. not just going for the gold, he's trying to make history. once again, zain verjee, no pressure for phelps, right? >> no, it's just an easy, breezy thing. just a few hours back there in aquatics centre. a name you'll hear a lot today, she is a former soviet gymnast and she actually holds the world record for the most olympics ever. she had it for 48 years and has 18 medals. now, michael phelps has 17 and competing in two events today. he could either tie and get one medal or break that record and just make the history books, again. so, all eyes are on phelps to see how he does. he has not been performing as well as anyone expected he would, but today is a really big day for him. >> all right, well, speaking of

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